Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Choir Day gives high school choirs the opportunity to come together in the Music Building to perform for and listen to fellow choir members, directors and NIU faculty members. Students also have the chance to learn from an accomplished guest clinician.
- Cost: $250 per school (due two weeks before event)
- Registration deadline: Aug. 26, 2019
- This clinic is limited to eight schools.
- Notification deadline: Sept. 3, 2019
If you cancel five or more business days before the event, you may request a refund from Kristin Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-1450. No refunds will be made after this time unless NIU cancels the event.
Students work with several NIU faculty members, including:
For Choir Day 2019 the NIU School of Music welcomes Susan Moninger as our guest clinician!
Susan Moninger is professor emerita at Elmhurst College. She has a broad range of training and experience in classical, jazz, and show choir. Susan recently received one of the college's highest awards, The Dr. Andrew K Prinz Faculty Merit Award. She is also named to "Who's Who Among Teachers in America". Under her direction, the concert choir had the honor of singing twice with virtuoso Andrea Bocelli as part of his World Tour at the Allstate Arena. They also recently appeared at Carnegie Hall. The chamber singers appeared on television this past December on ABC and Fox News. Late Night Blues was honored to headline in January 2018 with guest artist Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer at the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference. Her vocal jazz ensemble "Late Night Blues" also placed 2nd in the nation at the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival.
Susan enjoys judging classical, vocal jazz and show choir competitions for middle school, high school and collegiate choirs. She also conducts district and all-state choirs throughout the United States. She feels fortunate to have served as a conductor/presenter/performer in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, England and the Netherlands. A former jingle singer, (United Airlines, Green Giant, and numerous other national commercials) she enjoys sharing her experiences to help others reach their goals.
Previously, Susan served as the ACDA Central Division S & R Chair for Show Choir & Vocal Jazz. This summer she celebrates 40 years as co-founder and co-director of Showchoir Camps of America. She has worked with over 37,000 students and directors from around the world. These workshops have been held at Millikin University, Heidelberg College, and Walt Disney World Resorts and focus on teaching and refining singing, dancing, and performing techniques. Susan holds a bachelor of music education degree from Millikin University and a masters degree in music education from Northwestern University.